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Sep 18, 2018
Packers power rankings, Week 3: Green Bay remains in top 5 following draw

Packers power rankings, Week 3: Green Bay remains in top 5 following draw

A tie didn’t feel like a loss in the power rankings this week. The tie that resulted from Sunday’s matchup of the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings certainly left many with a bad taste in their mouths, especially over the controversial roughing penalty that negated a game-sealing interception. That call could ultimately determine which team wins the NFC North and, perhaps, whether Green Bay earns a playoff berth. Still, the outcome didn’t hurt the Packers in the power rankings. SB Nation dropped them only one spot to No. 5. If anything, the draw had a greater effect on the...
Sep 17, 2018
The Takeaway: Dubious roughing penalty casts shadow over tie

The Takeaway: Dubious roughing penalty casts shadow over tie

A questionable roughing-the-passer penalty became even more dubious after referee Tony Corrente’s explanation. A single play rarely determines the outcome of a football game, but one can often come to define it. Such a moment occurred during the final two minutes of regulation during Sunday’s NFC North tilt between the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers. On the Vikings’ final drive of regulation, pass rusher Clay Matthews hit Kirk Cousins just as the quarterback released the football. Moments later, the ball fell into the waiting arms for rookie corner Jaire Alexander for the...
Sep 13, 2018
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers ‘no layup’ to play Sunday vs. Vikings

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers ‘no layup’ to play Sunday vs. Vikings

Though Aaron Rodgers already declared he would play in Sunday’s tilt with the Minnesota Vikings, the Green Bay Packers remain less certain. On Thursday, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy describe Rodgers’ outlook for Week 2 as “no layup.” Rodgers didn’t participate in Wednesday’s practice, instead spending time with the Packers’ rehab group on the sidelines. That appears to be the team’s plan again today, with Rodgers ramping up his work as the game nears. McCarthy said that Rodgers does intend to play, but the medical staff has yet to determine his availability. Even if the...
Sep 11, 2018
Packers power rankings, Week 2: Packers move up, still trail Vikings

Packers power rankings, Week 2: Packers move up, still trail Vikings

The Packers gained a little ground after their 20-point comeback, but they still trail the Vikings in the power rankings. As the NFL world adjusts to all the action from the first week of the season, the Green Bay Packers have begun their rise within the power rankings. The Aaron Rodgers-led 20-point comeback effort over the Chicago Bears has pushed the Packers to No. 4 in SB Nation’s weekly NFL power index. An all-time great comeback like the one Green Bay pulled off in prime time will always garner positive attention, but the team began the season ranked fairly high. SB Nation started...
Sep 10, 2018
The Takeaway, Bears vs. Packers: Aaron Rodgers is the Boogeyman

The Takeaway, Bears vs. Packers: Aaron Rodgers is the Boogeyman

Perhaps no player in NFL history has authored more nightmares for the Bears than Aaron Rodgers, who pulled off a 20-point comeback on Sunday Night Football. The Chicago Bears had every reason to feel confident. The rebuilt, restocked franchise from the Windy City built up a 20-0 lead by the third quarter, showcasing shiny new toy Khalil Mack in the process. Meanwhile, Aaron Rodgers had departed on the medical cart early in the first half with an ominous knee injury. The atmosphere within Lambeau Field had turned dour with the game seemed all but secured for the visiting Bears and an...
Sep 9, 2018
Bears vs. Packers inactives: No Oren Burks to open 2018 season

Bears vs. Packers inactives: No Oren Burks to open 2018 season

Oren Burks, the Packers’ third-round pick back in April, will miss the first game of the season with a shoulder injury. The Green Bay Packers drafted Oren Burks with an eye on stopping über-athletic offensive weapons like the Chicago Bears’ Tarik Cohen. While Burks should make his regular-season debut soon, he’ll have to wait until at least next week as his lingering shoulder injury has landed him on the inactive list. Wide receiver and returner Trevor Davis joins Burks on the sidelines Sunday night. The Packers added him to the injury report earlier Sunday evening with a hamstring...
Sep 7, 2018
Bears vs. Packers Q&A: Chicago fans tired of hearing Bears drafted wrong QB

Bears vs. Packers Q&A: Chicago fans tired of hearing Bears drafted wrong QB

Lester Wiltfong of SB Nation’s Chicago Bears blog Windy City Gridiron answers our questions about the Khalil Mack trade, Matt Nagy’s new offense, and what he expects from Bears vs. Packers. On Sunday, the Green Bay Packers kick off their season against their archrivals, the Chicago Bears. Lester Wiltfong of Windy City Gridiron was kind enough to answer some of our questions about the Bears and provide insight into their strengths and weaknesses. APC: The Bears appear to have every intention of playing Khalil Mack Sunday night. Given that he hasn’t spent time in an NFL facility all...
Sep 6, 2018
Packers Week 1 injury report: No progress with Oren Burks’ shoulder

Packers Week 1 injury report: No progress with Oren Burks’ shoulder

The Packers will probably open the season without third-round linebacker Oren Burks. The Green Bay Packers have released their latest injury report, but nothing new has developed since Wednesday. Once again, the team listed only three players, with rookie linebacker Oren Burks still limited with a shoulder injury. Burks, whom the Packers selected in the third round, projects as a mainstay of the pass defense this season. However, he hurt his shoulder during the pregame warm-ups during Green Bay’s third preseason game and has remained limited in practice since. With just three days...
Sep 1, 2018
Packers shopping Trevor Davis before final cuts, per report

Packers shopping Trevor Davis before final cuts, per report

The Packers appear to have decided against retaining Trevor Davis, who now finds himself on the trading block hours ahead of final cuts. The Green Bay Packers don’t have to submit final cuts to the NFL league office for several hours, and the team apparently wishes to use that time to seek a trade partner. According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Tom Silverstein, the Packers have begun shopping Trevor Davis. Typically, teams don’t shop a player in the hours before final cutdown if it intends to keep him on the 53-man roster. That would suggest the Packers have already decided to...
Aug 31, 2018
Packers expect Oren Burks to miss Week 1 vs. Bears, per report

Packers expect Oren Burks to miss Week 1 vs. Bears, per report

Though Oren Burks shouldn’t miss more than a few weeks, his injured shoulder will prevent him from suiting up for the Packers’ Week 1 tilt with the division-rival Bears. Oren Burks hasn’t played since suffering a shoulder injury while warming up before the Green Bay Packers’ second preseason game. Though the team hasn’t given a definitive update on his status, it doesn’t appear the rookie linebacker will make his return in time for the season opener. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Burks will miss at least the Packers’ Week 1 matchup with the Chicago Bears, though...
Aug 31, 2018
Packers stock watch: Aaron Jones looks healthy, JK Scott ready for regular season

Packers stock watch: Aaron Jones looks healthy, JK Scott ready for regular season

JK Scott delivered his best in-game performance to date during the Packers’ preseason finale. In the vast majority of cases, one preseason game will not make or break a player’s chances for a contributing role or a spot on the season-opening roster. However, their performances make up part of the larger picture, something the Green Bay Packers’ coaches will consider as the preseason nears its conclusion. With roster spots on the line, certain players stood out during the Packers’ 33-21 exhibition loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, though not all in a positive matter. Stock up Aaron...
Aug 29, 2018
Aaron Rodgers, Packers agree to 4-year, $134 million extension, per report

Aaron Rodgers, Packers agree to 4-year, $134 million extension, per report

At least in terms of average annual value, the Packers will make Aaron Rodgers the new highest-paid player in NFL history. The negotiation over Aaron Rodgers’ next contract has finally reached its conclusion. According to NFL Network’s James Jones, the Green Bay Packers and Rodgers have agreed to a four-year extension worth $134 million in new money. As part of the deal, Rodgers will receive $80 million between signing and March 2019, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. The deal, which reportedly includes over $100 million in guarantees, shatters the previous record for highest...
Aug 25, 2018
Packers stock watch: Josh Jackson plays like a starter again vs. Raiders

Packers stock watch: Josh Jackson plays like a starter again vs. Raiders

Josh Jackson continues to build momentum with another strong preseason performance. In the vast majority of cases, one preseason game will not make or break a player’s chances for a contributing role or a spot on the season-opening roster. However, their performances make up part of the larger picture, something the Green Bay Packers’ coaches will consider as the preseason nears its conclusion. Several young players stood out during the Packers’ 13-6 exhibition loss to the Oakland Raiders, though not all in a positive manner. Stock up Jaire Alexander The Packers’ top draft pick...
Aug 22, 2018
Football Outsiders on ‘striking’ recent change in Aaron Rodgers’ game

Football Outsiders on ‘striking’ recent change in Aaron Rodgers’ game

During Aaron Rodgers’ statistical peak, he led the NFL in yards per attempt by a sizable margin. Since 2015, he falls slightly below the league average. Football Outsiders discusses this regression and what could reverse it. Though much has changed about the Green Bay Packers over the past decade, Aaron Rodgers has remained a constant throughout. Rodgers first became the team’s starting quarterback in 2008 following the much-publicized and controversial departure of franchise great Brett Favre, becoming an icon in his own right as he earned MVP awards and a Super Bowl ring. But while...
Aug 21, 2018
Football Outsiders examines how Graham’s arrival, Nelson’s departure affects Packers

Football Outsiders examines how Graham’s arrival, Nelson’s departure affects Packers

In the second part of Acme Packing Company’s Q&A with Football Outsiders, Scott Kacsmar examines how the arrival of Jimmy Graham and departure of Jordy Nelson will change the Packers offense. In the midst of seismic shifts within the Green Bay Packers’ front office and coaching staff, the team said goodbye to longtime wide receiver Jordy Nelson while welcoming All-Pro tight end Jimmy Graham. These related decisions continue to generate debate among fans and media and could play a significant role in how the Packers offense performs this season. As such, we thought it wise to consult...

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